National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
on the transition of the FE exam to CBT
NCEES is scheduled to complete the transition of the Fundamentals
of Engineering (FE) exam to computer-based testing (CBT) on January 1, 2014.
October 2013 will be the last administration of the FE exam in pencil-and-paper
A content review has been completed for the FE exam, which
resulted in new specifications. The exam will now be discipline-specific, with
no common breadth morning portion. The overall computer-based FE exam
specifications can be found
New individual discipline specifications can be found at:
The transition to CBT involves significant changes to the format
of the exams and the procedures for administering them, including the following:
computer-based FE exam will be administered only at approved Pearson VUE
all exams will open Monday, November 4, 2013. The first available seating at
a Pearson VUE testing center for the FE exam will be Thursday, January 2,
There will be
four testing windows for the FE exam annually. Each of these windows will
last two months, with a month between them. The open windows will be
January–February, April–May, July–August, and October–November.
Candidates for a
CBT exam may take the exam only one time per testing window and no more than
three times in a 12-month period.
The FE exam will
be six hours in length, which will include a tutorial, breaks, the exam, and
a brief survey at the conclusion of the exam.
The FE exam will
continue to be closed book. Supplied reference material for the exam will be
provided on the computers at the testing centers and will be available on
the NCEES website.
Sample exams for
the computer-based FE will be available for purchase after the October 2013
For more information on the conversion of the FE exam to CBT,